Changing the Lives of Young
People Through Rowing

Our Story so Far



The focus for 2019 has centered around building the foundation for the future success of the program for the next 5 years.

The operational structure of the program has been formalised with a personnel structure, equipment and the program curriculum all being developed and implemented.

Making Waves successfully doubled its 2018 impact.


Making Waves consolidated the program this year and engaged with 502 young people across its programs.

Making Waves endorsed its strategic plan for 2020-2023 which included a set of program values: respect, inclusion, courage and ambition.

Making Waves launched a new component of the in-school program, called "How We Row" which is a class mission statement that is co-created by the participants.


Making Waves expanded its reach this year with 631 young people engaged in its programs.

Making Waves was established as a separate company and, later in the year, received charitable status with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Making Waves undertook significant community consultation to develop the School Rowing Pathway, which will support partner schools to develop their own rowing programs with a key focus on competing in the All Schools Regatta program.


2022 was the biggest year the program has seen, with great progress made toward the plan to transition the program to more of a co-curricular program.

We had approximately 740 young people involved in the program from 8 participating schools.


Making Waves pursued the direction of competition-based training and racing!

Participants were able to compete in the Rowing WA All Schools regattas, and came away with competitive results.

While the in-school program continues in a more directed format, the out-of school program nurtures those looking to take the next steps in their rowing careers.